2004 IEEE Radar Conference

Innovative Radar Technologies - Expanding System Capabilities

 April 26-29, 2004 Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Tutorial 2.2
A Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar

Dr. Richard J. Doviak - National Severe Storms Laboratory

Wed, 28 April 2004, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


This tutorial reviews the principles of Polarimetric Doppler weather radar and its application to the observation of weather and the quantitative radar measurement of meteorological parameters. It highlights the engineering and scientific research to remotely probe and show the structure of many atmospheric phenomena (tornadoes, microbursts, solitary waves, etc.) not available by any other practical means. The quantitative measurement of rainfall provided by polarimetry will also be discussed. Doppler techniques have found application in the network of weather radars (NEXRAD/WSR-88D) presently operated by the USA National Weather Service (NWS), as well as in other nations, and now the NWS plans to upgrade its operational radars to have polarimetric capability. The use of phase coded signals and staggered PRF techniques to resolve range ambiguities will also be discussed. Radar observations will be related to atmospheric phenomena observed by eye, and radar data fields are correlated with photographs and/or satellite images of the phenomena. The attendees will benefit by gaining an understanding of the theory, design, operation, and applications of Polarimetric Doppler weather radar. The focus will be on meteorological phenomena, their radar signatures, and quantitative measurement of weather parameters.

This Tutorial has a recommended book:

?Doppler Radar and Weather Observations?, Richard J. Doviak and Dusan S. Zrnic, Academic Press, 2nd edition, 1993.

You may order this book at a 30% discount by contacting Heather Hall at Elsevier Science & Technology Books, 800-894-3434, or 619-699-6760 , extension 6760, or email h.hall@elsevier.com. Please order the book no later than April 12, 2004 in order to receive it before leaving for the conference (before April 23rd).


Dr. Richard J. Doviak - National Severe Storms Laboratory

Richard J. Doviak is a senior engineer at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), an Affiliated Professor in the Departments of EE and Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, the IEEE, and the American Meteorological Society. His B.S.E.E. is from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. are from the University of Pennsylvania. At NSSL he was responsible for leading a project to develop 10 cm Doppler weather radars that became the prototype used by the National Weather Service. He has been a visiting professor at the Kyoto University, Japan, and at the Australian National University. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Meteorology, and the Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

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